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The Department of Politics works with advanced doctoral students to provide preparation for the job market. Each year, the department refreshes its list of students on the job market, and includes profiles of several additional advanced doctoral candidates whose work is representative of the diverse scholarship produced at The New School for Social Research. For questions, please
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Expected CompletionSpring 2018
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How We Got Better: American Psychiatric Classification and the Bureaucratization of Sexuality 1970 - Present
Dissertation CommitteeVictoria Hattam, Lisa Rubin, Rafi Youatt
I work on gender and sexuality both in the United States and in the context of globalization. My research and teaching focus on how the dynamics of institutional change are affected by contestations over knowledge production and standardization. Most recently, my article, "Mostly Normal: American Psychiatric Taxonomy, Sexuality, and Neoliberal Mechanisms of Exclusion," appeared in Sexuality Research and Social Policy. I also presented at the 2017 European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Joint Sessions in Nottingham.
In the 2017-18 academic year, I am teaching a course called "Global Gender and Sexuality," designed for advanced undergraduate students. In 2017, I taught "Gender Beyond the West," which I proposed to The New School's Global Studies Program as a means of broadening discussions of gender and sexuality beyond Western epistemologies. In the same year, I was honored to receive the Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award, based in part on student nominations.
As the coordinator of the Global Studies Program, I have had the opportunity to collaborate with the Chair on curriculum development, strategic planning, and program assessment. Past and ongoing work includes editorial and research support for non-governmental organizations based in New Delhi. This includes contributions to campaigns for the right to food and against prison torture. Across my research, teaching, and work in NGO's, I am committed to finding ways for institutions to build enduring mechanisms that support and maximize people's autonomy under conditions of duress.
If you are interested in having a conversation about my work, or have questions, please feel free to get in touch.
Major FieldComparative Politics
Dissertation CommitteeJessica Pisano (Politics), Julia Ott (History), Rafi Youatt (Politics), Alex Blanchette (Tufts, Anthropology), Lori Gruen (Wesleyan, Philosophy)
I am a political
economist whose research is concerned with the relationship between markets,
violence, and social change, especially as these relate to the production,
circulation, and consumption of everyday commodities. My dissertation, Capitalist Pigs: The Making of the Corporate
Meat Animal, explores how agribusiness seeks to profit from an idealized
industrial pig – as biological animal, financial security, and subject of
ethical concern - and follows these various iterations from conception through
consumption. In doing so, it analyzes the relationship between capital and
life, arguing that the two are linked by what I term a “politics of
commodification”: namely, the highly contested attempt to create a life form
that suits the demands of the market. This work shows the complex,
interconnected, and contested politics of quotidian economic activity in a
contemporary context where markets increasingly create the subjects, spaces,
and idioms of political action and debate.
I have published on work
stemming from this project in PhaenEx: Journal of Existential and
Phenomenological Theory and Culture as well as in The Guardian and
Jacobin and, in Spanish, in horizontal. I have also published related work on
environmental political economy in Society & Animals and in the recent NYU
Press e-book Planet Ocean, and about corporate management in the Journal of Organizational Change Management. I have presented on
my research in an interdisciplinary range of venues, including as an invited
speaker at the University of Chicago and the University of Auckland. My
research has been supported by a Doctoral Award from the Social Sciences and
Humanities Research Council of Canada and by fellowships from The New School,
Wesleyan University, The Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies, and the
Center for the Humanities and Social Change at the University of California –
work connects multiple academic disciplines, including political economy,
critical theory, history, American studies, and anthropological approaches to
the study of value and values. It is also informed by my professional
background in print journalism and is rooted in ethnographic methods and a
sensibility to situated social practice. Stemming from these interests, I also
maintain a research agenda on sports cultures, focusing on the development of
socio-cultural practices (about which I have published in Space and Culture) and the performance
and policing of gender and affect (about which I have published in a recent edited volume).
I bring these diverse
research interests and methodological inclinations to my teaching, which seeks
to lead students to think critically about, and expand the borders of, their
own political and ethical commitments in the face of the social challenges
their generation is facing. As a Teaching Fellow at The New School, I designed
and taught the course Commodities: An
Introduction to the Political Economy of Consumer Culture, which
foregrounded empirical study of the circulation and valuation of basic
commodities as a basis for analyzing contemporary political economic theory. As
a visiting instructor, I have also taught courses on Transitions to Democracy (Clark University) and Introduction to International Trade
(Carleton). In the Spring of 2018, I will be teaching the course Slaughterhouse: Reflections on
Industrialized Violence, Labor, and Animality - which will examine the
relationship between economic
institutions and social values – at UCSB.
More information about my
research, publications, and presentations is available at www.jandutkiewicz.com. Please feel free to contact
Expected CompletionMay 2018
Major FieldAmerican Politics
Minor FieldComparative Politics
State-Islam relations in Germany and in the US
- When Muslim Immigration and Secularization Meet
a scholar, educator, and human rights advocate, I am concerned with issues
pertaining to immigration and religion in Europe and in the US. My scholarly
work and teaching experience span subfields, but my main focus lies
in American Politics and Comparative Politics. I am the founder and executive
director of a UN–awarded non-profit NGO (WoW e.V.)
that addresses employment rights of Muslim immigrants and refugees in Germany.
My policy practice has centered on ethnic, religious, and gender discrimination. While my scholarship and policy practice are closely connected in their thematic concerns, the former has generated distinctive theoretical insights while the latter has been focused on producing concrete recommendations in the area of migration.
My recent publication, "Unveiling Structural Challenges: The Headscarf and Employment Integration in Germany," appeared in the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs. Drawing from my dissertation research and policy practice, I examine the German employment sector as a space for integration, while making suggestions for an optimization of employment integration for women with Muslim migration background. I also recently presented a paper at the 2017 APSA Conference, "Employment Integration at Any Cost?: Germany’s 2016 Integration Act and Employment Measures for Refugees," which is currently under review.
I have taught undergraduate courses at The New School -- including as a 2017 Teaching Fellow at the Eugene Lang College -- and at Queens College. Recent courses include Muslims and Islam in the U.S. (The New School), American Immigration Law (Queens College). I have also served as a teaching assistant in introductory undergraduate courses on American political institutions, as well as American domestic and foreign policy.
My next project will be a critique of citizenship as an inclusionary mechanism, examining the case of Muslim immigrants in both the United States and Europe. I always welcome questions about my scholarship, teaching, and policy practice. Please feel free to contact me.
I am an advanced doctoral student,
working primarily in the subfields of Comparative Politics and American
Politics. The focus of my dissertation is on voter-party linkages in developing
democracies (specifically, Honduras), which examines the strategies that
political parties use to appeal to voters—ranging from programmatic representation
to clientelism. I plan to defend my dissertation proposal by Spring 2018.
I have previously published book
chapters on elections and political inequality in Chile. My latest co-authored article,
The Malaise with Democratic
Representation in Latin America, was published by Política
y Gobierno (2017). My
work-in-progress focuses on party system change in Chile and Honduras, as well
as the determinants of support for presidents and constitutional reform in
Chile. For a full list of recent and forthcoming publications, please see my curriculum vitae and/or visit my
profiles on Academia or ResearchGate.
I have a diverse teaching experience. I
am currently an Adjunct Professor of International Studies and Political
Science at Marymount Manhattan College and Yeshiva University, respectively. At
Marymount Manhattan College I have taught or I am currently teaching courses on Comparative
Politics, Populism and World Geography. At Yeshiva University I
teach Fundamentals of Political Science
and Peace & War. Beginning Spring
2018, I will be teaching courses on Latin
American Politics, Global Political Economy,
and Development & Democracy. In
the past I have taught at The New School’s Eugene Lang College.
In addition to my research and teaching,
I regularly publish columns on Latin American Politics at Global Americans. I am also a member at the American
Political Science Association (APSA), the Midwestern Political Science
Association (MPSA) and the Latin American Studies Association (LASA).
I am always happy to talk about Latin
American Politics, development and democracy and elections. Please feel free to
contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow me on Twitter at @lucasperello.